Baseball Tigers Win State Championship

Baseball Tigers Win State Championship

11-1 win gives program its fourth title in eight years

The Saint Xavier Baseball team capped off the 2022 campaign by defeating Russell County 11-1 in the KHSAA championship game on Saturday evening at Kentucky Proud Park in Lexington. The Tigers outscored opponents 37-5 in the four-game tournament, shutting out Christian County and Central Hardin in the first two games.

This gives the Tiger Baseball program its fourth state championship in eight years and ninth overall – extending its lead for the most in state history by three.

Recent graduates Jake Bennett and Ben Tedesco were named to the All-Tournament team and rising senior Cooper Smith was voted Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

The Tigers, who recorded its best finish in program history winning 37 games, is currently ranked in the Top-10 of six national polls.

"The coaching staff knew back in January that we had the talent to win it all but we also knew that talent isn’t enough. This group of guys really bought into the idea of “team before self”, their chemistry was amazing and I really believe that was the difference, said Head Coach Andy Porta '85, who has been at the helm since 2012. "On the morning of the State Championship, Matt Lasley from the 2013 team sent me a text saying, “go win another one for us”. To me that says it a lot about our program. Each Baseball State Championship is not just about the 21 guys in uniform. We have developed a culture where the current team knows they represent all the players past and present; “us”."

This marks the school’s seventh team state championship of the 2021-22 school year with titles in Football, Lacrosse, Powerlifting, Tennis, Track & Field, and Swimming & Diving.

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